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School & Group Tours

Explore an old prison for new ideas. Your group will learn more about the world’s first true penitentiary, discover the spaces and stories held within its walls, and reflect on Eastern State Penitentiary's relevance today.

We are currently accepting reservations for guide-led group tours, self-guided audio tours, and virtual group tours.

Visit the corresponding page below to learn more and book your tour today! All private tours can also be scheduled by emailing Francine Schiffman (Senior Manager, Group Sales and Events) at [email protected].

  • School Tours

    Eastern State offers both self-guided tours and interactive guide-led tours and workshops for schools that explore the penitentiary’s history and relevance today.

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  • General Interest Group Tours

    Groups of all ages and interests enjoy self-guided and guide-led tours of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.

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  • Virtual Group Tours

    Groups can virtually partake in Eastern State Penitentiary’s award-winning guided tour program! These live, interactive, discussion-based experiences are perfect for both schools and general interest groups.

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  • Evening Group Visits

    Groups also receive discounted tickets for select evening events throughout the year.

    Summer Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary runs Friday and Saturday evenings from June 7 - July 27, 2024. Discover the rich and captivating history of sports, the arts, and other team activities at Eastern State Penitentiary and their enduring societal legacy in prisons today through engaging talks, family-friendly activities, and interactive experiences. Learn more

    Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary runs select nights from September 20 - November 9, 2024. Explore haunted houses, historic tours, immersive walkthroughs, themed bars, and more! Discounts for groups of 20+. Learn more

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